Crisis Management

The PR offensive by former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi

»Posted by on Oct 28, 2014

The PR offensive by former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi

It hit Facebook and it spread like wildfire. Not surprising, really. It was a status update from a celebrity opening up about what some might consider his kinky sex life. The confession was from Jian Ghomeshi, the once uber popular CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) host of “Q.” Jian Ghomeshi is adept at asking questions that trigger celebrities to open up. But up until now, he never talked publicly about his private life, particularly his sex life. But Jian Ghomeshi, 47, did just that Sunday night in a Facebook post. What prompted it? He had just been axed by the CBC and the show he co-created. “I’ve been fired from the CBC because of the risk of my private sex life being made public as a result of a campaign of false allegations pursued by a...

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‘Duck Dynasty’ ratings down: What’s to blame–stiff competition, anti gay statements or botched public relations?

»Posted by on Jan 17, 2014

For weeks now, A&E television network executives have wondered about the impact of star Phil Robertson’s statements about gays and how the botched response by the network itself would impact ‘Duck Dynasty’ when the show premiered this month. Would the numbers climb because of the controversy, stay about the same, or take a hit? Well, the season premiere of ‘Duck Dynasty’ aired Sunday night at 10 p.m. This morning we’re learning that those numbers took a HUGE hit. According to The Huffington Post, TV Line reports that 8.5 million people tuned in for the fifth season premiere of “Duck Dynasty” on Wednesday (Jan. 15). That is down from 12 million viewers who watched the fourth season premiere. In the...

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PR crisis: Paula Deen feels the heat, but is she cooked?

»Posted by on Jun 24, 2013

Paula Deen knows her way around a kitchen and a recipe. With her words, and her response so far, she unexpectedly cooked up a mess for herself. The Food Network dropped her and her four shows. Facebook and Twitter are going nuts with people opining–both for and against Paula Deen. Here’s how I see it. Paula Deen’s biggest problem in the short term will be with retailers, e-tailers and anyone else who has a business venture with her. Those businesses will feel the pressure on their own brands to drop Paula Deen. The question will be how much can they stomach? Paula Deen’s restaurants and stores this weekend were filled. That is indicative that many in the the public still support her and want to see her succeed. Will the companies...

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NBC’s ‘1600 Penn’ further blurs line between news, fiction

»Posted by on Jan 8, 2013

So I read with interest how Larry King would guest star on the new, much hyped NBC show “1600 Penn.” Larry King, though he interviewed news makers, was not a hard core journalist. He is a talk show host. But Savannah Guthrie of “Today” and NBC’s Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd are very real and very working. Both are influential journalists who also have been tapped for guest-starring roles on “1600 Penn.” Am I the only one bothered by this… that real journalists covering some of the biggest issues facing the world today are appearing in a fictional comedy about the White House and the President of the United States (POTUS)? I have nothing against the show. Really not. In fact I am rooting for it....

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‘Clueless’ star Stacy Dash, Twitter and the often toxic mix of politics, entertainment and social media

»Posted by on Oct 11, 2012

‘Clueless’ star Stacey Dash jumped into the political waters and sent a Tweet about her personal decision to vote for Mitt Romney, the Repubican candidate. The Stacey Dash Tweet was well under 140 characters, but boy did ‘Clueless’ star Stacey Dash cause an uproar. ‘Clueless’ star Stacey Dash appeared on CNN’s ‘Piers Morgan’ and said she was “shocked and saddened” by the response from her Tweet. Here’s what happened. On Sunday ‘Clueless’ star Stacey Dash Tweeted: “Vote for Romney. The only choice for your future.” Not only did the Tweet generate lots of feedback from the public, she also got a not-so-nice response from fellow actor Samuel L. Jackson:...

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PR, brand problems for ‘Dr. Drew’ following revelation that GlaxoSmithKline paid him

»Posted by on Jul 6, 2012

Problems for Dr. Drew following revelation he was on the Glaxo payroll, recommended the company’s drug, but never disclosed that fact to the public. Dr. Drew Pinsky, the popular host on HLN and national radio host known to millions as “Dr. Drew,” trumpeted the use of the antidepressant Wellbutrin back in 1999 on his radio show–but he failed to mention that he was on the payroll of the makers of that drug, GlaxoSmithKline. He told listeners that Wellbutrin “may enhance or at least not suppress sexual arousal” as much as other antidepressants do which is why he prescribes it. That’s quite a ringing endorsement. Turns out Glaxo paid Dr. Drew, but he did not mention that little, and-very-pertinent-fact. The...

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